Primal Fear

Lists: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thrillers

Brief Synopsis: "An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a 3rd person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime and what happens next..."

Overall Ranking: 633 (Rank from 1996: # 7)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Dave Examines Movies90(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest88
David Baruffi80
Dan O'Neill70(full review)

People Involved

  • Richard Gere (Martin Vail)
  • Laura Linney (Janet Venable)
  • John Mahoney (John Shaughnessy)
  • Frances McDormand (Dr. Molly Arrington)
  • Terry OQuinn (Bud Yancy)
  • Andre Braugher (Tommy Goodman)
  • Steven Bauer (Joey Pinero)
  • Joe Spano (Captain Abel Stenner)
  • Tony Plana (Martinez)
  • Alfre Woodard (Richterin Miriam Shoat)
  • Maura Tierney (Naomi Chance)
  • Edward Norton (Aaron Stampler)
  • Gregory Hoblit (Director)